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Dec '15

Prettige Kerstdagen

Today is 23 December.  All of the craziness of Christmas preparation and services is over for us.  We had two weekends in a row with Fundag (Funday), our kids club.  One was a normal day (on the 12th), and the following week, we had a special Christmas party for the kids and invited their parents as well.  We had our biggest turnout yet for that one.  It was exciting to tell the Christmas story and let the kids and some parents know that Jesus came not only for people in the Bible but for them as well.

Kids at Fundag playing a game "Do You Want to Build a Snowman"

Kids at Fundag playing a game “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”

Parents and children at Fundag hearing that Jesus is what Christmas is all about

Parents and children at Fundag hearing that Jesus is what Christmas is all about

We’re planning now the next theme and services for Fundag starting back in February.  We’re excited to reach more people and build relationships with more parents.

In the last month, we’ve been enjoying the advent.  We make a calendar and each day look at scriptures together.  The month starts with Old Testament verses prophesying about Christ, and then it leads to scripture of His birth.  We also enjoy activities every day.  The activities include everything from making cookies to singing carols to having a candlelit dinner.  It’s a nice way to celebrate all month together.

Our advent calendar

Our advent calendar

Activity - decorate a door.  Decorations must be above the reach of a certain little boy.

Activity – decorate a door. Decorations must be above the reach of a certain little boy.

Activity - go see a Christmas display.  As you can see, Samuel really enjoyed this sleeping/snoring Santa.

Activity – go see a Christmas display. As you can see, Samuel really enjoyed this sleeping/snoring Santa.

On a final note, yesterday, we started gaining daylight.  I hear from people in America that they understand because it’s darker in the winter there too.  We’re much further north, so we really feel the darkness in the winter.  Poor Grace rides her bike to school in the dark and comes home in the dark.  When we come downstairs in the morning, we are grateful for flashlights on our phones.  Otherwise, we might just come down faster than we had planned.  Starting 22 December, we gain daylight every day until June 21.  Every year, I look forward to the 22nd.  It’s a nice day to start looking forward.

We have more than just more daylight to look forward to this year.  We have Fundag starting again, which is not only fun; it’s also reaching kids who have never heard the gospel.  That’s so exciting for us.  We are also looking forward to what God will do building from this kids club.  We’re meeting more parents and are praying about the next steps to take – be it an Alpha course for parents, a parenting class or building a Dutch speaking small group.  Please pray with us that God will direct our steps and we will follow His will in all of this.

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